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Overview

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  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, German, Russian, Spanish
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • No occupation listed
  • Currently slouching towards a PhD in English literature
  • From New Jersey, USA
  • Profile 85% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Ruh roh.

ABOUT ME

Worse things have come out of New Jersey.

PHILOSOPHY

I'm a snob who secretly likes everything.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I'm a novice, so I haven't done much surfing or hosting yet--plus moving around over the summer. When my housing situation stabilizes in the fall, I'll be a bit more active on both scores.

Interests

Developing outsize, quixotic, inextinguishable feelings for places, literature, art, people, etc.

The life of the mind.

The life of the body.

Exploding in laughter.

Eating everything NOW.

Scotch.

  • arts
  • literature
  • reading
  • surfing

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies/directors: R.W. Fassbinder, Pedro Almodovar, Tsai Ming-liang, Hitchcock, Bergman, Ernst Lubitsch, Fatih Akin, Luis Bunuel, Coen brothers, Derek Jarman's Edward II, The Royal Tenenbaums, Ghostbusters, Kings and Queen, Au revoir les enfants, Annie Hall, etc., etc.

Music: Silver Jews, St. Vincent, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter, Judy Garland, David Byrne, Ella Fitzgerald, Kanye West, Magnetic Fields, Pulp, Springsteen, Schubert, etc.

Books: Henry James (my boy/dissertation topic), T.S. Eliot, Marcel Proust, P.G. Wodehouse, William Faulkner, Frank O'Hara, Caryl Churchill, Ursula K. LeGuin, really one could go on indefinitely........

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Standing over a bed of clouds at the top of the Swiss Alps.

Teach, Learn, Share

In the first half of 2005, nearly 1/4 of mortgages in the U.S. were 100% mortgages--i.e., interest-only. (For an English grad student, vacation reading = the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report.)

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Germany, United States

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